Food Marketing Institute Cancels Armadillo Races

January 2003

When PETA received calls of concern from employees of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) about armadillo races that were planned for its national conference, we immediately contacted officials of the organization to ask that they cancel the cruel and ridiculous spectacle. We supplied information about the horrible lives endured by animals who are treated as props by greedy animal exhibitors, along with information about zoonosis, or animal-to-human disease transmission.

We received a call from an FMI executive shortly thereafter letting us know that they were “horrified” and have canceled the armadillo races, calling them “inappropriate.”


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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind